Spotlight: Reforming the Cowboy by Marisa Cleveland

It’s already the middle of September?!  Yikes!  That means that I’m way, way behind on my diet of new Indulgence titles!  I’m going to spotlight one title each morning for the next four days, so check out these releases if they look interesting to you.  I’ll get things kicked off with – no surprise – COWBOYS!!!

 

 

Reforming the Cowboy: A South Beach Book by Marisa Cleveland

Imprint: Entangled Indulgence

About the book:

Country singer Billy Hardy needs to get back on the charts. His manager assures him headlining the opening of a cafe in South Beach is his best chance at getting back to the big time. If he fails, his career is over for good this time.

Lacey Durant can’t believe opening night includes the country singer she crushed on through college. And her customers agree he’s dreamy. But his playboy reputation threatens her cafe’s image and she can’t afford that. She insists Billy stay with her so she can keep an eye on him, and thwart overenthusiastic fans.

Billy’s charms and Lacey’s sexy curves prove more than either can resist, but she refuses to be just another lyric in his well-known songs of heartbreak.

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About the author:

Marisa Cleveland loves to laugh, hates to cry, and does both often. As a writer, she writes. Every day. Perhaps because she married her best friend, her adult romance novels focus on relationships developed through friendship and family-oriented values. She loves to connect with other writers and readers.

Marisa Cleveland loves to laugh, hates to cry, and does both often. As a writer, she writes. Every day. Perhaps because she married her best friend, her adult romance novels focus on relationships developed through friendship and family-oriented values. She loves to connect with other writers and readers.

Marisa’s Social Media:

Twitter – http://twitter.com/marisacleveland

Facebook – http://facebook.com/marisacleveland00

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Pinterest – http://pinterest.com/marisacleveland

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Goodreads – http://goodreads.com/marisacleveland

Interview with Rebecca Winters, Author of Daddy Dude Ranch Series

Please welcome Rebecca Winters to the virtual offices this morning! Rebecca is here to discuss her Daddy Dude Ranch series, which is published by Harlequin.

[Manga Maniac Café] Please tell us a little about yourself.

[Rebecca Winters] I’m a mother and a grandmother and have been a student all my life which means I’ve been a reader first. Victor Hugo is a favorite author. I have a great love of Europe because I went to school both in Paris and in Switzerland and did a lot of traveling. Because I had to learn French, I found myself wanting to learn Spanish and Italian. It seems like every step I’ve taken in my life has led me to a new place. When I turned my hand to writing, I was able to go everywhere in my mind. I love the British comedies, Days of Our Lives, politics, canasta, great art (The French Impressionists) I played the piano and love classical music. My favorites are the piano concertos of Brahms, Grieg, Rachmaninoff, Tchkaikowsky. I love opera: Aida, Carmen, Tosca. I’m an active member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

[Manga Maniac Café] Can you tell us a little about your Daddy Dude Ranch series? How did you come up with the concept and the characters for the series?

[Rebecca Winters] I was reading about some military men in a magazine who developed a coughing problem while they were deployed and it gave me an idea about 3 vets who are in a hospital at a low point in their lives. They have to leave the military and go home. TO WHAT? Their therapist suggests they find a way to serve others so they won’t feel so empty. One of the vets comes from a ranch in Wyoming, but with his grandfather gone, he’s going back to an empty ranch house. He and his buddies start talking about turning the place into a dude ranch for kids who’ve lost a father in the war. They can be dads and bring a little joy into their lives. Maybe for a week?

[Manga Maniac Café] What traits best define the heroes of these books?

[Rebecca Winters] These guys are pretty selfless. Although they’re ill and down for a while, they have this wonderful desire to be of use and never give up hope. Their compassion for their comrades who died in battle and left wives and children at home takes them out of their despair. They are steadfast and indomitable in their desire to make a difference.

[Manga Maniac Café] Why did you choose to have the series set in Wyoming?

[Rebecca Winters] The Tetons are my favorite vacation place in the West. You can’t see them without it taking your breath. It’s glorious scenery and air, the perfect place for a son or daughter to enjoy nature in God’s country. That’s what I call it.

[Manga Maniac Café] What motivated you to write about former marines?

[Rebecca Winters] They have a reputation for being in there first during war and they’re fearless. I wanted to use them for the great example they are.

[Manga Maniac Café] What do you enjoy best about writing for Harlequin?

[Rebecca Winters] They encourage me to write about the subjects and places I know best. I love Europe and I love the West, so I’m very happy.

[Manga Maniac Café] You are so prolific! What’s your secret to keeping your stories so fresh?

[Rebecca Winters] I’ve done a lot of genealogy in my life. As you study the stories of those who have passed on, you realize every living soul has his or her own story to tell. Keeping that in mind, I find I never run out of ideas. Each person is precious and has a unique history. Like snowflakes and grains of sand, not one is alike. That’s what makes it fun to write.

[Manga Maniac Café] What has changed the most in publishing since you started your career as an author?

[Rebecca Winters] Technology! I used to hand write, then write on an old black typewriter, then an electric typewriter, then a keyboard and computer. I used to have to go to the library to look up all the research. It took hours, days, weeks. Now I can get answers to a hundred different questions in one day on the Internet. Because of the speed, you can write more books at a time and there are new avenues with the digital printings and of course ebooks with the Kindle and Nooks. The public’s appetite for more stories is greater than ever before. We lucky authors want to meet those needs. Don’t forget I’m a reader first and I look forward to one of my favorite author’s next books as much as the next reader does.

[Manga Maniac Café] What are your greatest creative influences?

[Rebecca Winters] Due to my marvelous mom who opened my eyes to this wonderful world, I’m influenced by: music, movies, art, theater, opera, nature itself, travel, family. Everything!

[Manga Maniac Café] What three things do you need in order to write?

[Rebecca Winters] An idea.

Something to help me get it down.

Energy to keep at it!

[Manga Maniac Café] What is the last book that you read that knocked your socks off?

[Rebecca Winters] THE HELP.  A few years ago I took my children on a driving trip to the South and we toured several plantations and tried to get a feel for the past. I only recently read THE HELP and it opened my eyes to so much!

[Manga Maniac Café] What do you like to do when you aren’t writing?

[Rebecca Winters] I spend time with my children and grandchildren, read, watch movies, spend time at the park, the mountains, travel to the beach.

[Manga Maniac Café] How can readers connect with you?

[Rebecca Winters] Email me at rebeccaburton485@gmail.com

Facebook  www.cleanromances.com

[Manga Maniac Café] Thank you!

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Interview with Tanya Michaels, Author of Her Secret, His Baby

Please give a warm welcome to special guest Tanya Michaels.  Tanya is visiting the virtual offices to chat about Her Secret, His Baby, which is part of her Colorado Cades trilogy, and is published by Harlequin under their American Romance line.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] Describe yourself in 140 characters or less.

[Tanya Michaels]  Mom. Writer. Reader. Joss Whedon uber-fan. Geek. She who cries at 80% of movies (including cartoons) & the occasional soup commercial.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] Can you tell us a little about Her Secret, His Baby?

[Tanya Michaels] Spoiler alert: it’s a secret baby story ? It’s such a classic storyline in the romance genre that, after thirty books, I wanted to give it a try. The challenge was writing it in a way readers could relate to—a reasonable explanation as to how it happened and why the heroine might keep it a secret. This is the first story in my “Colorado Cades” trilogy, and I’ve been very pleased with the early reviews for the book!

[Manga Maniac Cafe] How did you come up with the concept and the characters for the story?

[Tanya Michaels] The heroine, Arden, came to me first, since she’s part of the Cade family. Once I knew her background, which includes a lot of loss, I knew I wanted Garrett (the hero) to have the opposite upbringing. Until now, rancher Garrett Frost has led a seemingly charmed life. But early in the book he learns a family secret that pulls the rug out from under him. On top of that, he discovers he’s going to be a father. How will a man who’s known very little adversity react to the sudden curveballs life is hurling at him? And how can he forgive the woman who lied to him?

[Manga Maniac Cafe] What three words best describe Arden?

[Tanya Michaels] Survivor, sister, hopeful.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] If Garrett had a theme song, what would it be?

[Tanya Michaels] Bon Jovi’s “Bang a Drum”

[Manga Maniac Cafe] Name one thing Arden is never without.

[Tanya Michaels] Caramel-filled chocolates. She keeps them in her house, purse and photo studio.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] What three things will you never find in Garrett’s bedroom?

[Tanya Michaels] Self-help books, tanning lotion, or a sewing machine.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] What is Arden’s greatest regret?

[Tanya Michaels]  At the opening of the book, her greatest regret is that she can’t do more to help her widowed oldest brother, who raised her and held their family together for so many years.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] What are your greatest creative influences?

[Tanya Michaels] Shakespeare, Jennifer Crusie, Joss Whedon, Jane Espenson and my friends. An hour laughing and talking with the warm, wise women in my life fires up my imagination and inspires me to write characters as wonderful as they are.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] What three things do you need in order to write?

[Tanya Michaels] Aside from a computer with an ergonomic keyboard? Diet coke, music, and a combination of wrist braces/medicine/ointments to cope with my tendonitis. The week before a book’s due, my entire house smells like Icy Hot!

[Manga Maniac Cafe] What was your biggest distraction while working on Her Secret, His Baby?

[Tanya Michaels] The holiday season. I was writing during November, amid Thanksgiving houseguests and school fall festivals. By the time I turned in the manuscript and my editor had a chance to read it and give me revision notes, it was mid-December. In my sleep-deprived rush to finish the book before Christmas, I burned a few batches of cookies and hid a stocking-stuffer for my son so well that we still haven’t located it.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] What is the last book that you read that knocked your socks off?

[Tanya Michaels] That may be a tie between Kresley Cole’s latest paranormal romance, MacRieve, and Joshilyn Jackson’s women’s fiction novel, A Grown Up Kind of Pretty. The two books have little in common except for strong writing and my inability to put them down—sleep be darned!

[Manga Maniac Cafe] If you had to pick one book that turned you on to reading, which would it be?

[Tanya Michaels] I’ve loved books since before I can remember. But I know from the inscription that a childhood favorite was given to me the Christmas I was three. My German grandfather sent me a hardcover collection of fairy tales from around the world, nearly a thousand pages long. They were mesmerizing—some with happy endings, others dark, grisly or bittersweet. I remember my mom reading those tales to me and my younger sister. When I was old enough, I read and re-read them by myself. The table of contents eventually fell out, the pages have aged and the “binding” is now entirely duct tape, but my kids still read from that book.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] What do you like to do when you aren’t writing?

[Tanya Michaels] I try to celebrate each deadline with a girls’ night out to Shakespeare Tavern, one of my favorite places to go in downtown Atlanta. Between books, I also spend as much time with my family as possible, read like a maniac and watch TV. I went from hardly ever watching television when I got married fifteen years ago to realizing that good shows are just another form of storytelling and character development. My DVR is full of episodes of Castle, Vampire Diaries, Big Bang Theory, White Collar, Once Upon a Time, Grimm, and Suits; my DVD collection includes seasons of Buffy, Firefly, Veronica Mars, Battlestar Galactica and Supernatural.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] How can readers connect with you?

[Tanya Michaels] The easiest, fastest way is through Twitter or Facebook. When I can squeeze in a few precious hours at the computer (usually around midnight, when my family is asleep), I spend that time buried in a manuscript so my website is rarely my top priority. But I have Twitter & Facebook apps on my phone and check them constantly—while stuck in a long line at the bank, sitting through my son’s baseball practice, etc. I love connecting with readers in such a direct way and hearing what books they’re currently enjoying.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] Thank you!

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About the book:

Life’s been full of surprises lately for rancher Garrett Frost, and not in a good way. His mother has just dropped a bombshell about his past, so Garrett takes some time away to come to terms with family secrets. And who should he run into but Arden Cade, the beautiful photographer who shared a single night of passion with Garrett six months ago. He is even more shocked when he discovers she’s pregnant; and he’s the daddy.


To make matters worse, Arden hadn’t even planned on telling Garrett about the baby. Despite her lies, Garrett is determined to be a good father. He’s not the type to cut and run, and he can’t deny that he’s falling for Arden all over again. But he’ll have to find a way to forgive her betrayal and make peace with that skeleton in the family closet

About the author:

Tanya Michaels is the award-winning author of over thirty books and mother of two highly imaginative children. She is an avid reader who also watches way, way too much TV–spending a lot of time in Mystic Falls, Bluebell, Alabama or rating the Runway.  Her husband is a very patient man who sometimes helps her brainstorm stories, including her upcoming Colorado Cades trilogy from Harlequin.

Interview with Katie Lane, Author of Flirting with Texas

Please give a warm welcome to bestselling author Katie Lane! She’s visiting the virtual offices to talk about her latest release Flirting with Texas.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] Describe yourself in 140 characters or less.

[Katie Lane] Zany, unfocused daydreamer who loves God, family, books, and a good laugh.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] Can you tell us a little about Flirting with Texas?

[Katie Lane] It’s the story of Jenna Jay Scroggs and Beauregard Cates, two misplaced Texans who are trying to find their way back home. (literally and figuratively) Fate and a runaway carriage ride through Central Park will bring them together, but the folks of Bramble and “the hens” from Miss Hattie’s Henhouse will keep them in Texas long enough to find their happily-ever-after.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] How did you come up with the concept and the characters for the story?

[Katie Lane] Beau is one of the Cates brothers and was next in line for a book. So all I had to do was find his perfect match. My readers helped me out with this. They wanted me to write a story about Faith and Hope Scroggs’s (Going Cowboy Crazy and Make Mine a Bad Boy) little sister. As it turned out, Jenna’s fiery personality complimented Beau’s laidback personality to a tee. Once I have my characters, the storyline just happens.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] What three words best describe Jenna?

[Katie Lane] Determined, insecure, savior.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] If Beau had a theme song, what would it be?

[Katie Lane] Live Like You Were Dying/Tim McGraw

[Manga Maniac Cafe] Name one thing Jenna is never without.

[Katie Lane] Her Texas drawl.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] What three things will you never find in Beau’s bathroom?

[Katie Lane] Painkillers. Men’s Grecian Formula. A regular toothbrush.(His pearly whites must have the rotating bristles.)

[Manga Maniac Cafe] What is Jenna’s greatest regret?

[Katie Lane] Leaving Bramble. Jenna is a champion for every underdog that comes down the pike. But while she’s busy saving street kids from drugs and her neighbors from high grocery prices, she forgets to fight for herself and what she wants. Luckily, Beau, the hens, and the town of Bramble will get her back home where she belongs.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] What are your greatest creative influences?

[Katie Lane]  My family. I’m surrounded by this wonderfully crazy group of people who inspire me every single day—from my grumpy dad who has turned his Chihuahua into Cujo right down to my hilarious grandkids who keep me in stitches with their antics.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] What three things do you need in order to write?

[Katie Lane] God, food, and air.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] What is the last book that you read that knocked your socks off?

[Katie Lane] Me Before You by Jojo Moyes. It’s one of those love stories you can’t put down, even when you know that it might end with you sobbing like a two-year-old who just lost her blanky. The characters are believable, funny, and heartbreaking. The story is well written and engaging. I always know I enjoyed a book when after I read it I think “Damn, I wish I’d written that.”

[Manga Maniac Cafe] If you had to pick one book that turned you on to reading, which would it be?

[Katie Lane] One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish. Or anything by Dr. Seuss. When I was little, every month I got a different Dr. Seuss book in the mail. Which might explain my wacky sense of humor and love of rhyming words.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] What do you like to do when you aren’t writing?

[Katie Lane] Read, hang out with my kids and grandkids, motorcycle or bike with my husband, watch HGTV and dream about what I would do to my house if I had the time, or watch Food Network and dream about what my chef would fix me for dinner if I had a chef.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] How can readers connect with you?

[Katie Lane]  My website www.katielanebooks.com Facebook Katie Lane author page Twitter @ktlane3

[Katie Lane] Thanks so much for having me Manga Maniac Café! (Love the name:o)

[Manga Maniac Cafe] Thank you!

Purchase link:

B&N:    http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/flirting-with-texas-katie-lane/1113742225?ean=9781455515691

About the book:

YOU’RE A LONG WAY FROM HOME, COWGIRL
On her own in the Big Apple, Jenna Jay Scroggs can handle herself when trouble arises. But when she tries to rescue a horse, the passionate do-gooder ends up on a runaway Central Park carriage ride with a hunky stranger. With his sexy drawl and well-worn Levis, Beauregard Cates is doing his darnedest to make Jenna homesick for the small western town she’s spent years trying to forget. And it’s working: She’s dangerously close to falling head over boot heels for the rugged rodeo star with hair the color of moonshine.
Beau came to the big city to escape his past and live life to the fullest. Yet the leggy blonde with eyes as blue as a western sky causes a real hitch in his giddy-up. So when the well-meaning folks of Bramble plot to bring Jenna home, Beau will need to convince her that she won’t ever get Texas out of her blood – or one good-time, ever-lovin’ cowboy out of her heart.

About the author:

Katie Lane’s interest in romance was sparked in high school in the backseat of a ’65 Mustang – okay, so maybe it wasn’t romance as much as raging teenage hormones.  Still, coupled with a wild imagination, those make-out sessions inspired many a steamy storyline along with a strong belief that true love does prevail.  Katie lives in Albuquerque, New Mexico with the owner of that Mustang and would love to hear from her readers.

Learn more about Katie Lane at:

www.katielanebooks.com

Facebook.com/katielaneauthor

Twitter, @ktlane3

Interview with Jennifer Faye, Author of Rancher to the Rescue

Please welcome Jennifer Faye to the virtual offices this morning.  Jennifer is here to chat about her debut Harlequin Romance Rancher to the Rescue.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] Describe yourself in 140 characters or less.

[Jennifer Faye] List-maker. Romance reader. Wife. Mother. Animal lover. Gardener. Procrastinator. Homebody. Loves sewing. Not enough time for everything.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] Can you tell us a little about Rancher to the Rescue?

[Jennifer Faye] Meghan Finnegan is a rising star as television’s celebrity chef. So when this hometown girl is about to marry a millionaire, the wedding makes the perfect story for her television show. With cameras rolling, the bride is jilted at the altar. She makes a mad dash out of the church with the press hot on her trail. Cash Sullivan is waiting outside for his grandmother. Past experience taught him that pledges of love are only for fools. And he wants nothing to do with love or weddings. But when the runaway bride ends up hiding in his truck, he’s got a choice to make: have his face splashed on the tabloids with the runaway bride or be her getaway driver.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] How did you come up with the concept and the characters for the story?

[Jennifer Faye] I actually came up with three totally different concepts before writing RANCHER TO THE RESCUE. I was gearing up for one of Harlequin’s Fast Track opportunities where they respond on the first chapter by a specific date. By this point I’d been submitting manuscripts to Harlequin for a while to various lines. I really wanted to find a home with the Romance line. So I wrote the beginning of three totally different stories and then I made some family and close friends vote on the strongest. It was unanimous. RANCHER TO THE RESCUE won. As for its inspiration, I’ve always loved RUNAWAY BRIDE with Julie Roberts and Richard Gere. So I had to ask myself why would a bride standing at the altar not got through with the wedding. After that I kept answering a long list of “why?” until I had Meghan and Cash’s story.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] What three words best describe Meghan?

[Jennifer Faye] Creative. Thoughtful. Strong.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] If Cash had a theme song, what would it be?

[Jennifer Faye] Mamas Don`t Let Your Babies Grow up to be Cowboys ~ Waylon Jennings

[Manga Maniac Cafe] Name one thing Meghan is never without.

[Jennifer Faye] Her smart phone…until the wedding…

[Manga Maniac Cafe] What three things will you never find in Cash’s bathroom?

[Jennifer Faye] An extra toothbrush. Cutesy decorations. Hair mousse.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] What is Meghan’s greatest regret?

[Jennifer Faye] Up until the point where her life plan fell apart, she thought she had it all figured out. Now she regrets thinking that she could have been satisfied in a loveless, marriage-of-convenience.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] What are your greatest creative influences?

[Jennifer Faye] My imagination. It goes non-stop. All of my life I’ve been asking, “But what if…”

[Manga Maniac Cafe] What three things do you need in order to write?

[Jennifer Faye] My kitty. A laptop. A HUGE mug of tea. :-) Not necessarily in that order.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] What is the last book that you read that knocked your socks off?

[Jennifer Faye] Robyn Carr’s VIRGIN RIVER book #1. I totally fell in love with the town and the intriguing characters. I devoured that book. :-)

[Manga Maniac Cafe] If you had to pick one book that turned you on to reading, which would it be?

[Jennifer Faye] The very first books that gave me a passion for reading and writing were by Dr. Seuss. :-) Then as a teenager I fell in love with books by Kathleen E. Woodiwiss, Danielle Steele, and Johanna Lindsey.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] What do you like to do when you aren’t writing?

[Jennifer Faye] First up is spending time with my family. I also like to do needlework of all different varieties. I like to garden. Talk to my friends on Twitter. And read.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] How can readers connect with you?

[Jennifer Faye] I love to chat with other book lovers. You can reach me at:

Website | Twitter |Goodreads |Facebook

[Manga Maniac Cafe] Thank you!

Purchase links:

   Amazon – UK   |   Barnes & Noble   |   Harlequin

About the book:

RANCHER TO THE RESCUE

Damsel in a wedding dress!

Jilted at the altar, celebrity chef Meghan Finnegan flees the scene–and the baying press–only to run straight into the muscled torso of Cash Sullivan.

The former rodeo champion knows what it’s like to have your life crumble in the spotlight, so he offers Meghan a place to lie low at his ranch.

Fresh air, no paparazzi and the brooding rancher’s lazy smile are making Meghan not want to leave her sanctuary. But she and her unborn baby can’t stay here forever…can they?

Read an excerpt

Buy at: Amazon   |   Amazon – UK   |   Barnes & Noble   |   Harlequin

About the author:

As far back as Jennifer can remember, she’s had her nose buried in a book. She remembers anxiously awaiting Santa to bring her a typewriter in order to write her first book. But before she could reach for her dreams, her life took a detour. She moved around a bit before settling into the position of statistician by day and wife/mother by night. Each new life adventure added fodder for her fertile imagination. Through it all she never lost sight of her dream.

When at last she had the opportunity to once again put pen to paper, she couldn’t stop. As an unpublished writer, she’s gone on to win/final in nearly two dozen contests including Harlequin’s “So You Think You Can Write” Contest (2-time finalist), Finally A Bride (winner), and Linda Howard Award of Excellence (finalist).

She currently resides in Pennsylvania with her very patient husband, one amazing daughter (the other remarkable daughter has flown the coop to chase her own dreams) and two spoiled rotten cats. When she’s not glued to her laptop (which isn’t often) or enjoying some family time, she likes reading, cross-stitch, embroidery, quilting, knitting, hockey (go Pittsburgh Penguins!), and gardening.

Interview with CJ Carmichael, Author of Promise From a Cowboy

Please welcome CJ Carmichael to the virtual offices this morning. She’s here to chat about her latest Harlequin American Romance, Promise From a Cowboy.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] Describe yourself in 140 characters or less.

[CJ Carmichael]  Empty-nester, book-loving, nature freak who loves hiking and biking with her life-partner Mike and hanging out with family & friends when not writing.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] Can you tell us a little about Promise From a Cowboy?

[CJ Carmichael]  The hero of this book, BJ Lambert, decided to keep mum about an arson and accidental death that occurred when he was eighteen years old. He did it to protect his girlfriend’s brother, but the price he pays is losing her in his life. The story picks up over ten years later, when new evidence is found that leads to re-opening the investigation. His girlfriend is now the County Sheriff and the kicker is…he still loves her.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] How did you come up with the concept and the characters for the story?

[CJ Carmichael]  BJ is the oldest of four in the Lambert family of Coffee Creek, Montana. I love writing connected stories because this allows me to spend time developing a community feel to the stories and also to include sub-plots that span the length of the series.

The sub-plot in the Coffee Creek books involves the domineering, manipulative Olive Lambert (mother of BJ as well as Corb, Brock and Cassidy) and her feud with her much nicer sister, Maddie Turner.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] What three words best describe Savannah?

[CJ Carmichael]  determined, responsible, fearless

[Manga Maniac Cafe] If BJ had a theme song, what would it be?

[CJ Carmichael]  Once in a Lifetime by Keith Urban (Because despite all their years apart, Savannah is his Once in a Lifetime girl)

[Manga Maniac Cafe] Name one thing Savannah is never without.

[CJ Carmichael]  her Sheriff badge. It means everything to her, because she craved respectability as a kid, and who could be more respectable than a Sheriff?

[Manga Maniac Cafe] What three things will you never find in BJ’s bathroom?

[CJ Carmichael]  Any other woman but Savannah, hair gel—he likes the natural look, and cologne—he’s not that guy.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] What is Savannah’s greatest regret?

[CJ Carmichael]  Savannah’s biggest regret is that she wasn’t there the night the old Turner barn caught on fire and a man died in the loft.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] What are your greatest creative influences?

[CJ Carmichael]  I love spending time in Montana (show me anyplace more beautiful than Glacier National Park and Flathead Lake), perusing Western magazines and cowboy pictures on Pinterest, listening to country music—all can be very inspirational for my cowboy romances.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] What three things do you need in order to write?

[CJ Carmichael]  Quiet. Quiet. Quiet. (and a computer)

[Manga Maniac Cafe] What is the last book that you read that knocked your socks off?

[CJ Carmichael]  I can only name one? Sigh. Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] If you had to pick one book that turned you on to reading, which would it be?

[CJ Carmichael]  One of the earliest novels I remember reading was Little House On The Prairie. I grew up on the prairies, so that made the story more relevant to me.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] What do you like to do when you aren’t writing?

[CJ Carmichael]  I love to spend times outdoors, whether it’s hiking in the mountain, biking or sitting on the patio playing cribbage or scrabble with Mike and enjoying a glass of wine. I also love family dinner when my girls are home and we end up playing board games after.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] How can readers connect with you?

[CJ Carmichael]  Just try to avoid me! I’m on twitter as CJ_Carmichael, on Facebook, Pinterest, Goodreads, and I have a blog called CJ’s Desk Diary on http://cjcarmichael.com. And hey, you can always send me an e-mail! I’ll contact you  if you review one of my books on Goodreads. I think it’s awesome when readers take the time to spread the word about a book they’ve read and I try to personally thank everyone who does this for mine.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] Thank you!

[CJ Carmichael]  Thank you for the fun questions, Julie!

About the book:

A Cowboy With Something To Hide…

On the rodeo circuit, B.J. Lambert had plenty of chances to forget about his first love. Back in Coffee Creek, it’s impossible. Savannah Moody is as irresistible to B.J. as when they were teens. He’d still do anything for her – except give up the secret he promised to keep.

Sheriff Savannah Moody knows B.J. is hiding something. Not his feelings for her – it’s obvious to both of them that the attraction is as strong as ever. But she simply can’t afford to give in. She has her sister to care for, and the family land, and B.J. might be gone tomorrow. She also has a job to do: to pursue the truth and discover what really happened eighteen years ago when a barn burned and a man died. Even if it costs her dearly….

Cover Shot! Flirting with Texas by Katie Lane

Cover Shot! is a regular feature here at the Café.  I love discovering new covers, and when I find them, I like to share.  More than anything else, I am consumed with the mystery that each new discovery represents.  There is an allure to a beautiful cover.  Will the story contained under the pages live up to promise of the gorgeous cover art?

As I head off to the horse show today, I wonder – why, why, WHY don’t the cowboys I see there look the cowboy I see here?  WHY?

In stores July 2013

 

YOU’RE A LONG WAY FROM HOME, COWGIRL

On her own in the Big Apple, Jenna Jay Scroggs can handle herself when trouble arises. But when she tries to rescue a horse, the passionate do-gooder ends up on a runaway Central Park carriage ride with a hunky stranger. With his sexy drawl and well-worn Levis, Beauregard Cates is doing his darnedest to make Jenna homesick for the small western town she’s spent years trying to forget. And it’s working: She’s dangerously close to falling head over boot heels for the rugged rodeo star with hair the color of moonshine.

Beau came to the big city to escape his past and live life to the fullest. Yet the leggy blonde with eyes as blue as a western sky causes a real hitch in his giddy-up. So when the well-meaning folks of Bramble plot to bring Jenna home, Beau will need to convince her that she won’t ever get Texas out of her blood – or one good-time, ever-lovin’ cowboy out of her heart.

Character Interview with Colton Nelson from Carolyn Brown’s Billion Dollar Cowboy and Giveaway!

Please welcome special guest Carolyn Brown to the virtual offices this morning! Carolyn and her sexy new protagonist, Colton Nelson, are here to answer a few questions, and after, they have a copy of Billion Dollar Cowboy for one of you to win!

[Manga Maniac Cafe] Describe yourself in five words or less.

[Carolyn Brown] Very lucky. Dependable. Hard-working.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] Can you share a typical day in the life of Colton Nelson?

[Carolyn Brown] A rancher’s day is never typical. Any number of things can rise up in a moment to change plans. Like cows getting out of the pasture when I had a lovely evening planned with Laura. But on a normal day—it’s breakfast about the time the sun comes up, going about feeding, working cattle, hauling hay, plowing, fixing fences and thinking about Laura all day while I’m doing it. Don’t tell her that, please. She’s already skittish as an unbroken colt. Then coming back to the house in the evening to spend some time with the family…and Laura.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] What three words come to mind when you think of Laura?

[Carolyn Brown] Oh, my. Only three words? I could talk about Laura all day. Okay, then three words…gorgeous (from the inside out); honest (even if it hurts); sexy (even in her glasses).

[Manga Maniac Cafe] What was the first thing that you noticed about her?

[Carolyn Brown] We were sitting at the supper table and I was still feeling the effects of the drug the women in a bar had dosed me with the night before. Andy brought Laura to supper and he’d introduced her around the table, telling her that the cowboy at the end who looked like shit was me. Thanks again, Andy, for that comment from my best friend! And even though I felt like exactly what Andy said I looked like, I noticed the sweet nature Laura had when she talked to Roxie. That can’t be faked and it appealed to me. She wasn’t there to fleece me and as I found out later, she didn’t give a damn about money. Outside of my grandmother, Laura might have been the first totally honest person, I ever met.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] If you could change one thing you’ve done in your life, what would it be?

[Carolyn Brown] Nothing because it is the choices that I made yesterday that makes me the man I am today. However, I might have learned a little more about the financial world along the way. Thank goodness Andy takes care of that for me. I trust him explicitly to make the right choices about investments and to steer me right when it comes to my bank account.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] What’s one thing you won’t leave home without?

[Carolyn Brown] An extra set of pickup keys. I wouldn’t want to be left without a way to get out of a situation if someone stole my keys so I keep a set taped to the underside of the tail gate with duct tape.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] What do you like to do when you aren’t chasing off women in love with your bank account?

[Carolyn Brown] I love snow cones. I like sitting in the swings at the school yard while I eat snow cones. I like talking to Laura who also likes eating snow cones while she swings. She’s what my grandmother would call an old soul and peace surrounds me when I’m with her.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] Can you share your dreams for the future in five words or less.

[Carolyn Brown] I lived happily-ever-after! I know that sounds like a romance novel but hey, if a person can achieve happy-ever-after, they don’t need much else.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] Thank you!

[Carolyn Brown] Thank you all at Manga Maniac Cafe for asking me to stop by your site today. Now I’ve got to get on back to the ranch. You never know what Roxie and Laura might be cooking up! Laura and I both thank Carolyn for telling our story just the way it happened. She had some ideas there in the beginning of her own but after we disturbed her sleep a few nights she figured out that we really did know exactly what happened from page one all the way to the end.

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BILLION DOLLAR COWBOY BY CAROLYN BROWN – IN STORES JUNE 2013

A Billionaire Can Buy Anything…

Colton Nelson was twenty-eight years old when he won the Texas Lottery and went from ranch hand to ranch owner overnight. Now he’s desperate to keep the gold diggers away. It shouldn’t be too hard to find a pretty girl and hire her to pretend to be his one-and-only.

Or Can He?

Laura Baker’s got mixed feelings about this—she’s on the ranch to work, not to be arm candy. On the other hand, being stuck for a while in the boondocks with a gorgeous cowboy isn’t half-bad.

What neither Colton nor Laura expects are the intensely hard lessons they have to learn about the real cost of love…

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Carolyn Brown is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author with more than 60 books published. Born in Texas and raised in southern Oklahoma, Carolyn and her husband now make their home in the town of Davis, Oklahoma. Carolyn’s first women’s fiction novel, The Blue Ribbon Jalapeño Society Jubilee is now available, and you can look for her next cowboy romance, Cowboy Seeks Bride in August 2013! For more information, please visit: www.carolynlbrown.com.

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